Tuesday
Jul292014

Edgy Cool Prep

Since Hunters Alley is no more {sad face}, I've been poking around Etsy much more recently to get my affordable find fix. Which reminds me, you should check out my shop @here for a nice mix of interesting things {shameless plug}. Anyway, I spied these pillows the other day and fell in love... 

The mix of the black leather with the fabric is unreal. Certainly edgy and cool, but could you imagine if you threw some prep into the mix for good measure? I think these beauties would feel right at home in a room like this...

The touches of black help to ground the softer, preppier blues. Cool shapes and natural materials keep the room feeling modern. Perfection. 

Monday
Jul282014

Turning One Table into Two

Hi all! Sorry for the MIA-ness...Summer in the South is just so magical...I've been spending as little time as possible on my computer and maximizing my quality of life over here! But don't you worry, I'm about to make up for all the radio silence with a week of new projects to share with you all! 

First up is a doozy, if I do say so myself. Remember @here I shared some plans for our dining room? Well, this room has taken a while to come together. It's rather expansive in actuality, so every piece has got to have some kind of gravity to it to work in here. The room is sort of squarish-shaped, and one wall houses our floor to ceiling brick 100 year old fireplace. I always knew on either side of the fireplace I wanted a pair of console tables with some character and symmetry to them...something like so...

The only problem was, that all of my vintage hunting was not turning up anything that was both big enough to fill the space properly, but also a pair- I needed TWO of them after all! 

A lightbulb went off for me when I found this French Provencial dining table for $25 at an antique store...

I threw it in the car and had my husband pull out his trusty Ryobi Circular Saw (the same one he used for our shelves @here) as soon as we got home. He cut the table in half length wise and mounted each half to the wall on either side of the fireplace...

 

I went through and filled the seam in the middle with wood filler and gave the whole piece a good sanding before I started painting...

I love how the emerald green pops against the dark eggplant-y walls. However, I wanted these beauties to be really special, so I added a black stripe down the center and went through and added some gold leaf detailing as well...

But I don't think I was totally sure about this project until I started styling these two. Styling is an ever evolving process for me, but here's a few snaps I took earlier today...

I love how there is some symmetry happening here, but they each have their own personality to them in how they are styled...

A lot still needs to come together before I'm feeling ready to share more photos of this room with you, but I'm pleased with the progress so far! Eeeek...now onto painting shoe moulding...Follow along on Instagram @here for more progress shots! 

Monday
Jul142014

Portraits of Women

I'm a proud member of the fairer sex; I feel so fortunate to be a woman. To me, all women have a certain mystique and I think this comes across most readily in portraiture. The best kind of artist can capture a woman with only a few lines of a pencil or strokes of a brush. From the greats to barely knowns, here are some of my most favorite portraits of women...

Couldn't you imagine a wall full of these? I'd die. All from my Pinterest board @here

Tuesday
Jul082014

Indigo @ UO

I hopped over to Urban Outfitters after hearing all the buzz over these Otomi-style pillow shams, and was pleasantly surprised by a lot of the other new arrivals too. I'm not the betting kind of girl, but if I was, I'd say indigo, batiks, tie dye, shibori and color fading are here to stay...at least for another season or two...

 

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7

Sunday
Jul062014

Behind the Persimmon Door

You can peep the entry...but I imagine the living room looks a little something like this...